EyedropperRight Mouse Button, or Alt + Mouse
Hand ToolMiddle Mouse Button, or Space + Mouse
Hand ToolArrow keys
ZoomScroll, or hold Z + drag horizontally
Zoom+ in, - out
Rotate ViewHold R and drag (+ Shift for snapping)
Rotate ViewHold R and press ← or →
Reset ViewDouble click while using Hand Tool
UndoCtrl + Z or ⌘ + Z
RedoCtrl + Y or ⌘ + Y
HUD Color PickerCtrl + Alt or ⌘ + Alt
Line ToolHold Shift while drawing
Change Brushsize[ decrease, ] increase
Save ImageCtrl + S or ⌘ + S
Copy to ClipboardCtrl + C or ⌘ + C
Paste from ClipboardCtrl + V or ⌘ + V
Clear LayerDelete or Backspace
Relative SlidingDrag with Right Mouse Button
Finegrained SlidingPull pointer away vertically
Hand ToolDrag/pinch/twist with 2 fingers
Reset ViewDouble tap with 1 finger
UndoTap with 2 fingers
RedoTap with 3 fingers
Importing ImagesImport images from your Desktop by dragging them onto the canvas. You can then use them as a new layer or start a new image with them. Alternatively use File > Import.
JPEG, PNG, PSD (as a single layer), (SVG, WEBP, BMP, GIF)
Saving Your ImageClick on File then Save. This saves the drawing on your device (usually under Downloads).
Permanently store your work this way.
Browser StorageThis stores the current state of your image locally inside your browser. It also keeps all of the layers intact. When you reopen Kleki at a later time, it will automatically load the image.
- The browser may delete your image unprompted, depending on disk space and settings
- Kleki does not autosave, so you need to manually click Store
- Stores 1 image at a time. Pressing Store again, will overwrite the last image.
Use Save for permanent storage.
Pressure SensitivityIf you use a stylus (Wacom tablet, Apple Pencil, ...) and your browser supports it, then Kleki offers pressure sensitivity. You can toggle it next to the brush sliders. That way your pen pressure can affect brush size and opacity.
Input DevicesIt is recommended to use a pen/stylus for drawing because it is by far the most fun, fast, and expressive tool for drawing. Touchpads/trackpads aren't suited too well for this task.
Use zoom and the stabilizer to increase the precision of your linework with any input device.
StabilizerStabilization makes it easier to control your lines by lagging behind and averaging your drawing motion. This is mostly used to create clean final lineart. It can also help making drawing easier in general when you only have a mouse.
The responsiveness of no stabilization is desirable for fast sketching, or for large brush sizes, where jitter is less visible.
iPad is stuck zoomed inDue to a bug in iPadOS 13, you can end up stuck zoomed in after double-tapping.
How to fix it:
- Tap on AA in the address bar
- Tap the left A once, then the right once
- Rotate your iPad 90° and wait for the orientation to change
- Rotate your iPad back into the original position and wait for the orientation to change
Now it should be back to normal.
Video TutorialsYouTube - A drawing with depth of field
YouTube - Isaac Lundgren - Digital Painting Lesson for Kids at Home!
YouTube - Isaac Lundgren - Desert Landscape
YouTube - Christine Caswell - How to use layers
YouTube - Toni Hauri - Digital Shading Exercises #4
YouTube - Casting a Shadow
YouTube - Colored Lineart
YouTube - Symmetry Painting
YouTube - Playing with a photo
YouTube - Playing with a photo 2
YouTube - Moon Illustration
Learning How to Draw / PaintFree resources
- How to Draw - Scott Robertson
- Color & Light - James Gurney
- Pen and Ink Drawing: A Simple Guide - Alphonso Dunn
- Figure Drawing, Design and Invention - Michael Hampton
- Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain - Betty Edwards
- Understanding Comics - Scott McCloud
- The Animator's Survival Kit - Richard Williams
- Drawing Course - Charles Bargue
There's art in everyone. We've only just begun to dip our toes into this invaluable and infinite sea of self-expression.